Management is art of understanding people: Prof Sharu Rangnekar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2018 10:07:36


Business Bureau,

WELL-KNOWN management guru Prof Sharu Rangnekar on Saturday said that management is not about learning new techniques and skills to control people but it is an art of understanding people. He said that one who understands people around him in a true sense could become a good manager.

He was speaking on the topic - ‘Organisational development with the changing values of people involved’ - at the inaugural session of ‘Organisational Development Conclave-2018’ held here at Hotel Centre Point on Saturday. The event was jointly organised by the Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur and Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).

The veteran in the field of management training - Rangnekar - said that one’s understanding should be based on introspection rather than ‘who said what’.
Adding further, Rangnekar said: “A major factor we are facing in managing people is the change occurring in human values. We have noticed immense changes in last 100 years in almost all the fields. In the earlier days, loyalty to the orgnisation one used to work for was considered supreme. But in the changed scenario, people quit organisation within a very shot span of time. This keeps on changing team members every now and then,” he said calling it a big challenge for the managers.

Rangnekar also raised concerns over discrimination prevailing in the Indian society on the basis of caste and religion. “We have accepted equality among the citizens only on paper. But when it comes to practicing it, we are still lagging behind,” he said. In his address, Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General, MCCIA, Pune, said that one should stop dreaming for ‘life-time employment’ as time has come to make people ‘employable for life time’.

“Technology is rapidly changing the world of business. It is replacing human beings in various sectors and people are losing their jobs. Technology may take away the jobs but it cannot take away work,” he pointed out.

Although Sardeshmukh highlighted that change is inevitable, he said, “when winds of change blow, some people build walls while others build wind mills.”
In his welcome address, Dr Subhajit Bhattacharyya, Director of IMT Nagpur said that despite of the fact that change is a constant process, people have a natural tendency to avoid it. He also spoke about the achievements of the institutions.

H N Srinivas, Advisor, Tata Trust and Vijay Phanshikar, Editor, The Hitavada were the keynote speakers. Smita Dabholkar Singh, Associate Professor, IMT Nagpur, proposed the vote of thanks while Vani Rathod and Tavneet Kaur - both students of IMT Nagpur, conducted the proceedings of the event.

Later on in a panel discussion, Dr Santosh Bhave, Director and IR, Bharat Forge Ltd; Nitin Sudame, Founder Director, Spacewood Group; Atul Pande, Presidnet of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and Sanchita Kumar, General Manager-HR, Haier Appliances, Pune, expressed their views on the topic - ‘Emerging Trends in OD: SOAR (Strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results)’. Dr Jabannath Mohanty, Associate Professor, IMT Nagpur, moderated the panel discussion.

Apart from this, Smita Dabholkar Singh also conducted an experiential exercise to explain how Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can be used to effectively communicate changes.



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